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Morning Sports Update: John Farrell says Clay Buchholz’s strong performance ‘centers around his fastball’

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Clay Buchholz had command of his fastball on Wednesday. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

The Red Sox win, 5-2, over the White Sox, John Farrell explains why Clay Buchholz had a dominant night, and Danny Ainge will send Isaiah Thomas to represent the Celtics at the NBA draft.

John Farrell says Clay Buchholz’s dominant performance was all about his fastball: By throwing 43 fastballs among his 98 pitches — not counting 20 cutters — Buchholz accounted for his highest ratio of fastballs thrown in any start this season. And by re-expanding his range of pitches, he’d made the sale to batters and to plate umpire Tim Timmons that he could get strikes over with all sorts of stuff, getting swinging strikeouts in his final three innings on a fastball and a curve and called K’s on a fastball and a cutter. (


David Ortiz compares hitting third and hitting cleanup: “I love hitting in the No. 3 hole,” said Ortiz, who hit third on Wednesday night. “It seems like they came to me more. In the fourth spot, you’ve got to be ready, patient. I saw when Manny [Ramirez] was in the cleanup spot… He was really patient when he was there.  Sometimes they would switch me over and like me to fire [a swing] at it all the time. But I learned, watching him and watching the way he was patient and ready for the one pitch. But it’s kind of fun hitting in No. 3 hole.” (


David Ortiz ties Gary Sheffield on MLB’s all-time home run list during Sox win:

Danny Ainge is sending ‘leprechaun’ Isaiah Thomas to the NBA draft lottery: Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge picked Isaiah Thomas to represent the franchise at the 2016 NBA draft lottery on May 17. With the Celtics having a 15.6 percent chance to land the No.1 overall pick, Ainge is hoping Thomas can bring the Green some luck. (

Don Orsillo is still laughing uncontrollably during broadcasts: Don Orsillo may no longer be calling Red Sox games, but the play-by-play announcer seems to still be having fun in the broadcast booth. (


The odds for the Kentucky Derby: Here is a look at the full field (in post position order) for the 142d Kentucky Derby, for 3-year-olds, to be run at 1¼ miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday. Post time is 6:32 p.m. (The Boston Globe)

Tom Brady spends time with Vanilla Ice:


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